A 54-year-old woman from New Jersey suffered a broken leg after being thrown to the ground on a Staples by another client, whom she had told to wear a mask, authorities said.
Police have released surveillance video from the incident that occurred around 3:19 a.m. Wednesday at a Staples in Hackensack.
Margot Kagan, from Teaneck, told police she was using a fax machine in the store when a woman with a mask pulled under her mouth approached a machine near her. Kagan, who, according to police, had a liver transplant four months ago and was walking with a cane, told the woman to put on her mask.
“The suspect got angry and shouted at the victim, who took her cane in her leg and aimed it directly at the suspect, getting inside the inch of the suspect̵7;s chest,” said Captain Darrin DeWitt, a detective at the Hackensack Police Department.
The woman then yelled at Kagan, threw him violently to the ground and left the store, DeWitt said.
Kagan was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured left tibia, according to DeWitt.
Gov. Phil Murphy has said all residents should wear face masks in stores.
Police are seeking to identify the suspect.
Kagan did not immediately respond to a voicemail message and numerous calls for comment Friday.